Spoiler alert: Team USA medal count adding up

Austria forward Michael Raffl (12) and Finland forward Aleksander Barkov (16) battle for he puck during the third
 period in a men's hockey game at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, February 13, 2014. Finland defeated Austria 8-4. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)

Austria forward Michael Raffl (12) and Finland forward Aleksander Barkov (16) battle for he puck during the third period in a men's hockey game at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, February 13, 2014. Finland defeated Austria 8-4. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)

The 2014 Sochi Olympics continued late Wednesday night with events carrying into Thursday morning, while most in the U.S. were sleeping. Sochi is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Here’s a list of what fans may have missed:

United States golden in slopestyle

The United States enjoyed its most successful event of the Games thus far early Thursday morning, sweeping the medal podium in men’s slopestyle skiing with Joss Christensen earning a score of 95.8 to win gold in his first Olympics. Teammates Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper won silver and bronze, respectively.

Early rounds continue in curling

The women’s curling round robin continued with Canada and Great Britain picking up victories. The Canadians easily handled Denmark, 8-5, while Great Britain snuck by China, 8-7. The United States was scheduled to take on Japan at 10 a.m. Eastern. The Americans are looking for their first victory of the Games.

Finland opens men’s hockey prelims with offensive explosion

The Finnish men’s hockey team got off to an impressive start in the Group B qualifier, scoring four times in the first period on the way to an 8-4 victory over Austria. Jarkko Immonen scored two goals and had an assist for Finland, as did Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund. The United States men’s team was scheduled to make their Sochi debut at 7:30 a.m. against Slovakia with the host Russians taking on Slovenia in another Group A preliminary contest.

Team USA medal count looking better

The slopestyle sweep helped the United States climb back to the top of the overall medal count. The Americans have 12 total medals, tied with Norway for the lead, including four golds. Canada has 10 medals -- four gold, four silver and two bronze -- and the Germans have seen the top of the medals stand the most, winning gold six times with eight total medals.

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